1 – John 1:1 (ESV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
RAF: In the beginning, the Word, already “was.” This Word, THE Word, was with God – without need for attachment to the created order about to come. This Word, THE Word – was in fact – both with, and was Himself – God. He is the ultimate and complete revelation and communication of – God. He became a man in the person of Jesus – taking to Himself a human nature that He might be among us, without destroying us. His body, was the “veil” the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies in the Temple. First, He but tabernacled himself. For some 33 years. Then, He came to dwell in His Temple at Pentecost. Now, He tabernacles in us in a sense – as indwelling us even though we are in a temporary state and not glorified yet. But when He returns, He will dwell in the New Temple. He will raise us from the dead in our glorified state. We will become the New Jerusalem. His people in glory. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, even with this much information we have not even begun to be able to imagine what He has prepared for those who love Him. Oh what a Christ we serve!
2 – John 1:4 (ESV) In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
RAF: Man’s original existence was a “lighted” one, wherein the life of man was was directly connected to Him as the giver and sustainer of life. In the Fall, we were plunged into the darkness of being severed from Him. Everything outside of Christ Jesus remains in darkness. Only when we comprehend the whole of existence in terms of His Creator-ship, His redemptive purpose and plan, can we live in the light of what is real. See: Colossians 1:15-17
3 – John 1:10 (ESV) He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
RAF: This is true darkness – a life void of all meaning and purpose, because it does not recognize the One who gave it life, nor does it enter into His heart and mind to know meaning and purpose. Apart from Christ, all is darkness, mystery and meaninglessness.
4 – John 1:11-13 (ESV) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
RAF: He came to His own THINGS – the Kingdom, the people, the world that belonged to Him. But especially He came to His people, His own people – who as a “people” rejected Him, as their God, Messiah and King. Yet some believed. Those, who did believe, became “sons of God”. Those still who believe, become sons of God. This is the glory of the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ the Lord.
5 – John 1:14 (ESV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
RAF: If He had only come full of truth, we’d all be dead. Judgment would be, could ONLY be the outcome. But He came also full of GRACE. In grace, that in the light of the truth, God still sovereignly bestows unmerited favor.
6 – John 1:19-22 (ESV) And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
RAF: Let every man ask, and answer this question of himself – “What do you say about yourself?” And note well John’s response – for it informs our own. He identifies himself in terms of his relationship to Christ. This is the only way you can know who you truly are – by understanding who you are in relation to Jesus Christ.